The Hours

Kevin Puts / LIBRETTO BY Greg Pierce

The Hours

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Renée Fleming makes her highly anticipated return to the Met in the world-premiere production of Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts’s The Hours, adapted from Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and made a household name by the Oscar-winning 2002 film version starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, the powerful story concerns three women from different eras who each grapple with their inner demons and their roles in society. The exciting premiere radiates with star power, with Kelli O’Hara and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato joining Fleming as the opera’s trio of heroines. Phelim McDermott—who most recently wowed Met audiences with his staging of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten—directs this compelling drama, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct Puts’s poignant and powerful score.

Based on the book by Michael Cunningham and the Paramount Pictures film

Commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and The Philadelphia Orchestra

In collaboration with Improbable

Production a gift of Robert L. Turner



Phelim McDermott

Set and Costume Designer

Tom Pye

Lighting Designer

Bruno Poet

Projection Designer

Finn Ross


Annie-B Parson


Paul Cremo

The Hours